Friday, 19 February 2016

Cultra Station Restoration Project back on track

Larry Thompson and Councillor Muir at Cultra Station
I am delighted that the project to restore old Cultra Railway Station is now back on track with the developer who is progressing restoration plans outlining that work should hopefully commence in Spring 2016.

Larry Thompson and I formed a campaign to save the building in 2011 when the listed building fell into a perilous state and was put on the market by Ireland’s bad bank NAMA.

For the last number of years Larry and I have been working to see Cultra Railway Station restored to its original glory. Whether it was lobbying NAMA via Dominic Hannigan TD to secure the sale or engaging with Planning Department officials to secure Planning Permission after a long bureaucratic saga we’ve been working hard to see the building restored. I am therefore delighted to learn that work will hopefully commence soon. I have a real passionate desire to see this building restored in the knowledge that far too many buildings have fallen into disrepair and eventually demolished. I will therefore continue to show an interest in this issue and provide necessary assistance until we see people living in the newly restored building.



Cultra Station on 9 November 1957
Photo from Downpatrick and County Down Railway

Retired Conservation Architect and former Councillor Larry Thompson commented “Through involving a range of people and organisations such as Holywood Conservation Group this project has moved ahead, sometimes not at full speed but always towards to the same end destination. I am glad to learn that matters concerning the access path have hopefully now been resolved and once contractors are appointed necessary restoration work can commence.”

Cultra Station House was designed in the style of renowned architect Charles Lanyon, built in circa 1863 and listed in 2007 when threatened with demolition.



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